LIVING WATERS MINISTRY
David and Becky Stepp lead Living Waters Ministry. David has been a Christian for 28 years and attends First Baptist Church Morristown. He retired in 2009 from the H.T. Hackney Corporation, where he operated an 18-wheeler for 25 years. He and Becky live in Morristown, where they raised three children, Kim, Chad, and Justin.
David received his Biblical Studies certificate in 2009. God has allowed David to raise money for wells and churches in India, Africa, and Mexico. In Africa, David has given solar Bibles, and assisted in planting 50 churches. In India, over 30 wells have been dug and 9 churches have been built!
Missions is the heartbeat of the church. Missionaries around the world make many sacrifices in order to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their efforts are often unnoticed and unappreciated. It is vital for them to have a place of refuge, rest, and retreat.
First Baptist Morristown is providing our godly missionaries such a place. Great effort has been made by the members of First Baptist Church and our Missions Property Team to make this new mission house a reality. They have done a fantastic job to create a comfortable, warm, and inviting environment.
The Scriptures offer a great precedence for offering our missionaries this place of refuge.
In Acts 16 the Apostle Paul received the great Macedonian missionary call. The Bible says Paul and his companions sailed from Troas to Samothrace and then on to Neapolis. From there they went to Philippi which was the foremost city of Macedonia.
They immediately went to the river in town where they knew they would find Jews praying on the Sabbath. The Babylonian captivity precipitated the custom for all the Jews living away from Jerusalem to go to a river in their area and make it a place of prayer. It was based on Psalm 137 where the Jews expressed their longing for Zion in a foreign land. Paul knew there would be Jews praying at the river.
When he preached at the riverside a woman by the name of Lydia opened up her heart to the truth of the gospel. It is in Acts 16:15 that we see her obedience to the Lord and her impassioned plea to Paul.
And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, COME TO MY HOUSE AND STAY.” So she persuaded us.
Thus, Lydia’s house provided a safe warm place for these great men of God to stay.
The Prophet’s Chamber is a ministry born out of the vision of our pastoral staff to provide a place where deep spiritual renewal and physical rest can occur for those serving in the ministry who are truly in need. One of biggest lies the adversary has ever propagated among God’s shepherds is that they should be self-sufficient, have no need to share burdens, cares, or woes with others, and should never require times of rest. A careful reading of God’s Word shows just the opposite.
Even David recognized that we are all sheep in need of a Shepherd who makes us to lie down in green pastures, leads us beside still waters, restores our souls, instructs us in His righteous ways, walks with us through our valleys, prepares a banquet table for us, anoints our heads with oil, fills our cup to overflowing, even in the presence of our enemies (Psalm 23).
Recognizing that God’s servants need ministry also, the Prophet’s Chamber was built by members of First Baptist Church of Morristown for the sole purpose of encouraging ministers of the Gospel, whether church staff members or missionaries, by providing a place for rest, deep spiritual renewal, and encouragement.
As those seeking to be faithful investors of the ministry resources that have been entrusted to our stewardship, the church has developed an application to help as we prayerfully seek God’s Will concerning who genuinely needs to be blessed at a given time by this ministry. This application form may be obtained by contacting First Baptist by phone at 423-586-0522 or by contacting us here.